Day 31 (4 weeks and 3 days) : Netzach in Hod, Endurance in Glory

IT IS FINALLY FRIDAY. All I can say, honestly, is that I cannot be more happy or thankful to have made it through this week.

Blessings: friends, support, WEEKENDS, BALAGAN

I feel like a survivor after this week…survivor

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Day 24 (3 weeks and 3 days) : Netzach in Netzach, Eternity in Eternity

Or what I like to say.. this is taking five-ever. This week truly is a very long week. My Omer thought today relating to all of the Eternity is a quote from a book called, Wear Sunscreen.

It says, “The race is long, but in the end it is only with yourself.”

On that note, here are some (hopefully) peaceful and relaxing pictures to usher in Shabbat. Shabbat Shalom!

Blessings: time, patience, #TGIF

 

Day 23 (3 weeks and 2 days) : Tiferet in Netzach, Harmony in Eternity

It’s already been a few days, but I SAW a RAINBOW on Monday! My favorite blessing! My phone case can attest to it. I’m going to ignore the chaos that is the news right now and use Omer day 23 to enjoy the harmony of rainbows (quite literally) and the beauty of nature- it always (eternally) makes me smile. Here are some pictures of nature I’ve taken over the past few months while enjoying spring.
Blessing: oseh maaseh breishit

Shabbat and today…

Day 18 (2 weeks and 4 days) : Netzach in Tiferet, Endurance in Harmony

This Omer season, I’m brushing up on my Gilmore Girls. What better example of long-lasting harmony than the fast-witted, close-knit, hilarity of Lorelai and Rory? See below.

Blessings: Free time, laughter, television? (I can be thankful and feel blessed that I have seen Gilmore Girls…)

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Day 19 (2 weeks and 5 days) : Hod in Tiferet, Majesty in Harmony

Throwback to this Majestic and Glorious picture.

Blessings: traveling with friends, amazing friends, beautiful views, oseh maaseh breishit

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Shabbat and today

Day 11 (one week and 4 days) : Netzach in Gevurah, Endurance in Discipline
This Shabbat, the fourth and fifth graders in the Hebrew school at the synagogue where I work put on a Kashrut skit. They learned about Kashrut in class, decided together how they wanted to present about it, and wrote the skit themselves. Very appropriate for this Omer day!
Blessing: kids being cute, doing things I enjoy for work
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Quoting myself from last year (word for word), because I like what I said…

Day 12 (one week and 5 days) : Hod in Gevurah, Humility in Discipline
When people “discipline” others without humility/humbleness, that is when we run into situations when one thinks he or she is better than another. Tonight marks Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. The Holocaust was borne from arrogance, judgement, baseless hatred, and the simple (wrong) idea that one type of person could be born better than another. It is our responsibility to remember the 6 million Jews and 5 million other innocent lives that perished, to never forget and to never allow such catastrophes to happen again. I count Omer day 12 to honor their lives and to count them in Jewish memory.
Blessing: love, passing on stories of our ancestors, being taught humility

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Shabbat and today

Day 4: Netzach in Chesed, Endurance in Loving-kindness
Omer shoutout(!) and a riddle: What does today’s day of the Omer have in common with DC, blogging, and my increased social media presence in general? Shoutout to Erin Dreyfuss. Not only did she inspire me to start an Omer blog (last year), but last year this Omer day coincided with her Conversary (conversion anniversary). Although it didn’t fall on the same day this year (HAPPY CONVERSARY!), studying to convert takes endurance (patience, passion, devotion, and a million other things) and she brings out those traits in others.
Blessing:  Friends! New experiences 🙂
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Day 5: Hod in Chesed, Humility in Loving-kindness
When I think of “humility in lovingkindness”, I think of relationships between people. It is hard to always so or do the right thing and it is harder to admit when you’ve said something wrong. I don’t particularly like making blanket statements, so instead I’m using today as a restart! (Pesach= spring cleaning and another reason for teshuva and to try to apologize for hurting people.)
Blessing: humility, strength, loved onesrainbow